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Modeling change in soil organic carbon under future climate conditions

 

Climate change is expected to alter regional temperature and precipitation patterns and will subsequently impact soils and the distribution of plants and animals. Understanding how soils might vary with climate change will allow us to better prepare for and adapt to the altered soil conditions, according to Jonathan Gray, Senior Scientist with the New South Wales Government Office of Environment and Heritage. And this, he says should ultimately improve our management of agricultural lands and native ecosystems into the future.

Gray describes a novel approach to modeling potential changes in soil organic carbon (SOC) as the lead author on a recent paper in the Soil Science Society of America Journal titled, “Change in Soil Organic Carbon Stocks under Twelve Climate Change Projections over New South Wales, Australia.” 

 

Read the full story in the March issue of CSA News online.